The Government of the Virgin Islands received the keys to the Theodolph Faulkner Administration Building on Anegada following an official handover ceremony on December 17.
The Administration Building, which was damaged in the hurricanes of 2017, houses the District Office and Police Station and was repaired through a partnership between the Government of the Virgin Islands and the Recovery and Development Agency.
No Limit Construction completed the rehabilitative works, which included removal of floor, ceiling and wall tiles, electrical and plumbing works, installing of handrails, repairs to the cistern and exterior cosmetic works.
His Excellency the Governor, Mr. John Rankin, CMG in his remarks stated that the reopening of the building was a sign of the progress that has been made in the Territory and for the people of Anegada.
Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie said, it was fitting that the administration building should carry the name of a stalwart who was perhaps one of the Territory’s most inspiring figures.
“By a simple stand, Faulkner altered the course of the political, economic and social development of the Virgin Islands and we are honoured to see to the rehabilitation of this administration building today,” Premier Fahie said.
Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley, said Theodolph Faulkner is no stranger, as he is the reason that there is a Legislative Council and for the arrival to this point in our Territory’s history.
“The completion of these works is a signal of the continuous improvements being made to benefit this community. I am happy that we have been able to partner with the RDA to see to this administration building being repaired,” Honourable Wheatley said.
Junior Minister for Trade and Economic Development, Honourable Shereen Flax-Charles said the Anegada community has a special place in the hearts of many people from around the world.
She added, “Today, I am pleased that the vision of an icon, Mr. Theodolph Faulkner, has taken a 2021 step closer to fulfill the legacies of giants like himself. This administration building represents a heightened commitment to ensure that every Virgin Islander and resident has equal access to public services.”
Meanwhile, Deputy Governor, Mr. David D. Archer, Jr. said he was pleased to see the efforts being made to enhance the service offerings for the people of the Anegada community through the handing over of the administration building. The Deputy Governor said transformation initatives are ongoing and that he was pleased with steps being taken to allow for the improvement of the public service.
Theodolph H. Faulkner was a fisherman from Anegada. Following a disagreement with a medical officer regarding his pregnant wife, Faulkner protested and critcised the government of the day. His oratory struck a chord and a movement started. Led by community leaders such as Isaac Fonseca and Carlton deCastro, a throng of over 1,500 Virgin Islanders marched on the Commissioner's office on 24 November 1949 and presented their grievances, which ultimately allowed for the reformation of the Legislative Council.